Two employees of a drilling crew collecting soil samples near Colorado Springs, Colorado, died recently when their rig struck overhead power lines, fatally electrocuting them.
The rig’s derrick hit a 12,500-volt power line, killing the subcontractors, both of whom were in their 20’s. A third coworker who was far away from the rig at the time was uninjured.
With National Safety Month beginning on June 1, the tragedy is a sobering reminder to “Look Up and Live”—a motto every contractor should do every day at every jobsite.
NGWA Press publishes Safety Meetings for the Groundwater Industry, a set of 52 sheets designed to aid weekly safety meetings. Among the topics are two related to derrick safety: electrical safety with drilling rigs and safety when raising a derrick. Groundwater contractors are encouraged to cover these important topics with their colleagues on a regular basis—and especially with any subcontractors they work with.
Safety Meetings for the Groundwater Industry, and other items related to safety, can be found in the NGWA Bookstore.